ACC corruption survey highlights creation of Anti-corruption Court as #1 priority for business
Kyiv, January 29, 2018
The American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine presents the results of its annual Corruption Perception Survey. The latest survey was conducted anonymously for the fourth year in a row among representatives of member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. The results of the survey are based on the assessment of the perception of the situation by the international business community operating in Ukraine today.
184 respondents took part in the survey, 80% are representatives of multinational companies. Compared to 2016, the number of survey participants increased by 50%.
36% of respondents believe that the level of corruption has decreased over the last year (47% in 2016). The majority of respondents named Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau the anticorruption champion of 2017. Half of all respondents consider the launch of electronic declarations to be the greatest success in the anti-corruption fight over the last year.
76% of business representatives believe that there is no need for companies in Ukraine to engage in corruption activities in order to have higher chances of success.
Business representatives were also asked to choose what they believe is a key step that Ukraine needs to take to progress in combating corruption. As a result, more than half of the respondents chose creation of the anti-corruption court. 71% of respondents stated that the most corrupt state institutions are the courts, followed by tax and customs authorities - 54% and local government authorities - 34%.
“Corruption remains a problem for the business community in Ukraine. 89% of respondents believe that combating corruption is a priority for improving Ukraine’s business climate. 76% of businesses in Ukraine see no need to engage in corruption to achieve success. However, 91% of respondents indicated that they had faced corruption while doing business in Ukraine, which is 10% more than last year. The fight against corruption together with the creation of Anti-corruption Court remains a priority for 2018, with the business community's expectations of eliminating corruption seen a key to economic growth and Foreign Direct Investment attraction”, commented Andy Hunder, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.
The results of the survey over the past 4 years show that in 2017, 96% of respondents considered corruption a widespread phenomenon in Ukraine. In comparison, this figure was 97% in 2016, in 2015 it was 98%, and 99% in 2014.
For more information, please contact:
Tetiana Kravchuk, Communications Coordinator, American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
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